Thomas Tuchel & co. will trip to south coast of England to take on Bournemouth in their second pre-season friendly match of the summer on Tuesday evening at the Vitality stadium.
After a couple of training session at Cobham training base, Tuchel’s squad started their pre-season friendly campaign with a 6-1 victory over Championship side Peterborough United, Although the match was played in a behind-closed-doors.
Tammy Abraham put the Blues ahead before Christian Pulisic double it before the half-time, Hakim Ziyech then came off the bench to scored hat-trick while Broja also on target against the Championship side 10 days ago.
Thomas Tuchel’s men, then trip to Ireland Dublin for another series of training session, in which contest likes closed doors against Drogheda United supposed to be followed.
However, after couple of days training session in Dublin, match between the Blues and Irish outfit cancelled because of Covid-19 case within the group, and as result of that the Blues to play another 90-minute between themselves, in which Hudson-Odoi and Broja on target for both parties.
The Champions League holder, then returned to Stamford Bridge to continued their preparations for upcoming campaign, and before 2021/22 campaign start, Tuchel’s men still have four matches to play in hope of using this fixtures to build thier fitness before new season begins.
From this evening, Thomas Tuchel’s men will starting the contest were mentioned above. The Blues will lock horns with Championship side Bournemouth, who led by former west London star Scott Parker, who signed a three-year deal with the Cherries.
Heading into the game, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante, Kai Havertz and Timo Werner all returned to Chelsea training on Saturday.
However, those six players will almost certainly miss the trip to the South coast, handing further opportunities to members of the squad who did not feature in a major tournament this summer.
Edouard Mendy, Marcos Alonso, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy Abraham should all start on Tuesday evening.
When is the game?
Tuesday, 27 July – 7:45pm kick-off (UK time)
Do I have to pay for it?
No, the game will be a free live stream.
How can I watch the game live?
The Blues, then trip to Emirates stadium to take on Arsenal in the Mind Series tournament on August 1st at 3:00pm before host Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on August 4th at 7:45pm.
Thomas Tuchel & co. then heading to Belfast for the Super Cup against Villarreal on August 11 before start their 2021/22 Premier League season on August 14 at home to Crystal Palace.
Full Chelsea squad available to face Bournemouth:
Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalga, Jamie Cumming, Lucas Bergstrom
Defenders: Dujon Sterling, Davide Zappacosta, Trevoh Chalobah, Jake Clarke-Salter, Malang Sarr, Matt Miazga, Marcos Alonso, Baba Rahman
Midfielders: Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Conor Gallagher, Lewis Baker
Wingers: Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Charly Musonda, Hakim Ziyech
Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Ike Ugbo, Armando Broja
Pulisic, meanwhile, admitted full fit and ready for the season, after he completing pre-season for this first time as Blues player.
The Blues star ended 2020/21 campaign in a fabulous form after missing the start of the season through a hamstring injury he suffered in the FA Cup final, winning over Thomas Tuchel and staking his claim for a regular starting spot.
A Covid scare for the Uefa Champions holders forced the end of their Ireland camp four days early this summer, but Pulisic, 22, who delivered eye-catching performances in the Blues last two contest is still delighted with his fitness.
‘I think that’s going to be a big positive for me, so I’m looking forward to the start of the season,’ the 22-year-old told the Blues’ website.
‘This year is my first real full pre-season at Chelsea and it’s just given me a good chance to get my full fitness and for me to get 100 per cent fit and ready to play 90 minutes once the season begins.
‘That’s the aim for me, just trying to get my body in a good place where I can be available as much as possible this season.
‘Hitting the ground running at the start of the season is the goal, of course. It’s nice to be able to have a full pre-season this time and get nice and fit and be 100 per cent ready in time for the start of the season.’